Small cell towers could be coming to your neighborhood

Local governments, including Montgomery County’s, are grappling with how to enable telecom companies to install small 5G wireless antennas in neighborhoods while still maintaining control over local aesthetics. Maryland is considering legislation that would preempt most local zoning laws for small cell poles up to 50 feet tall. [Washington Post]

Franchot’s brewery reform efforts fail in Annapolis

State Comptroller Peter Franchot’s proposed effort to remove production restrictions on Maryland breweries was voted down 17-4 by a House of Delegates committee in the General Assembly. Franchot rallied brewers in the state to his side to try to implement more lenient brewery regulations, but ultimately he ended up with legislators opposing him due to what one described as an “us vs. them” mentality. [Baltimore Sun]

Silver Spring substitute teacher charged with inappropriate touching of student

Cloverly Elementary School substitute teacher Steven Katz, 59, of Columbia, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor after police said he  touched a student inappropriately. The student had told a parent that Katz touched him in a “way that made him uncomfortable,” according to police. Police said Katz later “made admissions” about inappropriately touching the student. [Montgomery County police]

UMBC falls to Kansas State

Maryland’s underdog NCAA tournament team—the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers—fell Sunday night to Kansas State 50-43. The Retrievers made history Friday night by becoming the first No.16 seed to beat a No. 1 by defeating top-ranked University of Virginia 74-54. [AP]

Partly sunny, mild day expected

The National Weather Service predicts a partly sunny high of 53 degrees Monday with a low dropping to around 34 at night.

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